Filip Helander has played just one Scottish Premiership game since he arrived at Rangers from Serie A but will he play in the Europa League at Ibrox?

Feyenoord winger Sam Larsson is set to go up against his international teammate Filip Helander during Thursday’s Europa League clash at Ibrox and he has told the Daily Record that the £3.5 million man should be a ‘great signing’ once he settles down at Rangers.

It has been a slow start to life in Glasgow for a defender who became the Gers’ most expensive signing in nine years when he arrived from Serie A outfit Bologna, as reported by the Record.

Helander has played just twice so far, once in the Premiership, and he was left on the bench for both legs of the Europa League play-off against Legia Warsaw with Conor Goldson and the in-form Nikola Katic ahead of him in the pecking order.

But with the explosive Larsson set to start on the left of Feyenoord’s attack on Thursday, could Steven Gerrard be tempted to deploy Helander to put a stop to a player the 6ft 4ins centre-back knows all about from their time together in the Swedish national team?

Former Herenveen flyer Larsson is certainly looking forward to the prospect of going head-to-head with his old friend.

“He has that Swedish mentality and I have no doubt he will be a great signing. He’s strong, quick and is a great defender,” Larsson said. “I know it won’t be long until he makes a big impression in Scotland.

“Filip has been my friend for years now. We have played for Sweden and also for the Under-21s so I know him very well. I’ve deliberately not spoken to him about this game – I’ll wait until we get to Glasgow to do that.”

Rangers signed Helander for nights like this – it’s time to start repaying some of that transfer fee.

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